Athens, Greece Excursions
Visit the magical City of Athens &
explore many top near by Attica attractions.
A trip to Greece & the Greek islands will not be complete without
visiting the City of Athens and its near by top attractions.
Athens, Greece Day Trips
Athens, Greece is located at the Prefecture of Attica. There are many one day travel destinations to
explore in Attica just a short distance from the center of Athens. You can visit and combine excursions to
excellent historical places, activities, entertainment, shopping, beaches, cruises, and to nearby islands of
the Saronic Gulf Coast. If you have a few days in Athens during your visit to Greece and you don’t have
a lot of time to travel to the Greek islands or just want to explore outside of Athens below are the best
travel destinations (day trips) from the city center of Athens, Greece.
The Athenian Riviera is the coast line along the
Saronic Gulf Coast South East of the City of
Athens, which starts in Glyfada and ends in Cape
Sounion. Driving along the coastal road of
"Posidonos", a beautiful coastline, you will pass by
the beautiful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni,
Voula, and Varkiza. The Athenian Riviera is the
ultimate place for sailboats, yachting, marinas,
beautiful beaches, golfing, sunshine and blue seas.
Glyfada has one of the best golf courses in Greece.
The Glyfada Golf Course, a well established, pine-
studded course is located near Athens in the town
of Glyfada 30 minutes away from the center of
Athens. Glyfada also offers exclusive boutique
shopping and many tavernas, bars, cafés and
entertainment to enjoy.
Vouliagmeni is Attica’s most fashionable seaside resort. Besides its beautiful beaches, Vouliagmeni is
famous for its natural lake "The Lake of Vouliagmeni". Vouliagmeni is located 20 km from Athens and
is an oasis surrounded by turquoise water and beautiful green landscapes. Vouliagmeni is one of the
wealthiest southern suburbs of Athens to enjoy sun and fun during your travel to Athens Greece.
Vouliagmeni is a beautiful and picturesque peninsula known from the famous lake with the mineral water
spa and an outstanding mild climate that makes all-year round holidays possible. The town of
Vouliagmeni is home to some nice restaurants, where you can sample some of the local fish dishes. Also
there are many cafés, bars, tavernas and lively nightlife near by. There are many five star hotels (Astir
Palace, The Westin Athens, Arion Resort & Spa) in Vouliagmeni which accommodations also serve the
neighboring towns Voula, Varkiza and Glyfada.
The best of beaches Athens has to offer are located in Vouliagmeni. The famous blue flag beaches of
Vouliagmeni Beach and Astir Beach are the most popular in the area. Both are sandy beaches about 20
km from the center of Athens and can be accessed by bus from the center of Athens. Vouliagmeni
Beach is a cosmopolitan beach, very trendy, and equipped with umbrellas, sun chairs, water sports,
basket ball, tennis courts, volleyball nets, restaurants, canoes, and playground. There is an all day
admission to Vouliagmeni beach which offers high level of services and quality. Astir (Asteras) Beach is
also located in the southern suburb of Vouliagmeni, on the Laimos peninsula, and is an upscale,
fashionable, and cool place for fun and relaxation. It is an organized beach with umbrellas, sun beds,
showers, water sports, Wi-Fi network and the services are all of high quality. Astir Beach is very hip and
a hot spot for Athenians to hang out and to get away from the busy city life. Astir beach is comfortable
with environmentally friendly facilities that offer guests quality services. The entrance fee is 15 euros for
adults and 8 euros for kids up to 12 on the weekdays and 25 euros and 13 euros respectively on the
weekends. You can also pre-book on line and reserve your spot on the famous Astir Beach. Astir Beach
as well as Vouliagmeni Beach offer facilities for disabled individuals.
Cape Sounion is a very popular day-excursion from Athens. Cape Sounion is noted as the site of ruins of
the ancient Greek Temple of Poseidon, the God of the Sea in classical mythology. The Temple of
Poseidon, Doric style, was constructed in approximately 440 BC, over the ruins of a temple dating back
to the Archaic period. The Temple is located at the tip of the cliff of Cape Sounion at a height of almost
60 meters above sea level. The best time to see the temple is around sunset, which is considered to be
the most magnificent sunset in Attica. Cape Sounion is one of the most breathtaking archaeological sites
in all of Greece. The Temple of Goddess Athena is also located about 400 meters from the Temple of
Poseidon which was dedicated to the sanctuary of Athena Sounias. The Temple of Poseidon is an hour's
drive from central Athens and both the site itself and the route leading to it are worth every minute of the
drive. Cape Sounion is also an upscale summer home location for Athenians and is one of the most
expensive areas in Greece. Open 8:00 AM to Sunset during the summer and 10:00 AM to Sunset during
Hydra is a beautiful small island in the Saronic Gulf which can be easily reached from Athens. There are
ferries that depart frequently from the Port of Piraeus (Pireas) and the journey takes about 2 hours.
Hydra Town is built in an amphitheatre on the hills that enclose its deep natural harbor. The tiny harbor
is picture perfect, with cafés along the waterfront and houses perched on the hill. Out of the Saronic
islands Hydra is the most popular and the most unspoiled island as well. Perhaps the best thing to do if
you visit the island for a day is to walk along the streets, browse at the shops, people watch, and relax at
A short ferry ride away from Piraeus is the Saronic Island of Aegina. Aegina Port is busy with different
kind of boats coming and going. The small island is famous mostly for the ouzeries (cafes/bars) and
seafood appetizers (mezedes). The waterfront is lined with small restaurants, easily recognizable by the
grilled octopus. A stroll along the narrow alleyway streets behind the port you will see many historic
buildings, restored neoclassical houses, and beautiful courtyards with flower gardens. The Venetian style
Tower of Markellos, a few minutes from the port, is a must see sight. There’s also a lovely beach near-
by and an archaeological site. Aegina was a major power during the classical period and used to compete
with Athens. If history interests you, there’s also a museum right by the archaeological site. Close to
Aegina Town there’s also a water park, a paradise for the kids who get to enjoy several interesting rides.
The pedestrian streets are filled with shops where you can buy pretty much anything. The island is a
place where Athenians love to escape the busy city life especially during weekends and holidays.
If you want to experience the island life on the mainland, the busy Port of Rafina is your best destination
outside of Athens. The Port of Rafina is also connected by ferry to some of the islands. Rafina Town
has a nice beach which gets crowded during the weekends. In Rafina, there are plenty of restaurants
where you can enjoy traditional Greek food, such as grilled octopus, fried squid, and many fish dishes.
There are several ways to get to this enchanting port but the easiest one for the tourists is taking the bus.
You can take the metro to Victoria Square and then walk to Areos Park (See Transportation below for
more information). This is where you can catch the bus to Rafina. The drive takes about 40 minutes. Of
course, if you prefer to drive, you can rent a car.
Transportation - There are many sightseeing tours and excursions (travel packages) offered by tour
companies and travel agencies to explore outside the City of Athens. Also, you can rent a car for a day
and drive on your own to the Athenian Riviera. However, several day trips outside of the City of Athens
can be reached with public transportation. The city’s buses, metro, and tram are efficient, cheap, clean,
and comfortable. You can take a public bus to Sounion and Rafina from Mavromateon Station
(Tel: +30 210 823 0179), by the Pedion tou Areos Park near the city center of Athens. You can also
take a bus to Vouliagmeni by taking bus E22 from the bus station by Sina and Panepistimiou Ave. in the
center of Athens. Finally, you can take the metro to the Port of Piraeus for the island day trips to Aegina
and Hydra, to take the ferry or hydrofoil (Tel: +30 210 422 1766) to the islands.
Port of Piraeus
South west of the City of Athens is the City of Piraeus, Greece. Piraeus is the main port of Athens, just
20 minutes by metro from the center of Athens and it is the departure point (Greek island cruises &
ferries) to most of the Greek Islands.
Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, is located in Attica 35km from the center of
Athens. The Athens International Airport (AIA) has excellent facilities and services. You can access
Athens from the airport via public transportation, bus & metro that operates 24 hours a day. Also, the
airport cafés stay open 24 hours a day. You can go to the airport site (www.aia.gr) to find out more
information about visitor services, flights, transportation, parking, on site hotel, shopping, art and culture.
The airport is also connected via public transportation (bus & metro) to the Port of Piraeus.
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crystal clear beaches under an unforgettable sunshine.
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